Monday 23 October 2017

Robinson makes seven changes for Ireland clash

Head coach Andy Robinson. Photo: Getty Images
Head coach Andy Robinson. Photo: Getty Images

Head coach Andy Robinson has made seven changes to his starting XV for Sunday's vital RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland at Murrayfield.

Scotland lost their opening two Six Nations games against France and Wales, the latter 24-6 loss arguably the worst performance of Robinson's 18-month reign.

Three changes to the starting XV were enforced. Stade Francais full-back Hugo Southwell (cheek) and Northampton centre Joe Ansbro (concussion) were ruled out on Monday - along with Toulon back Rory Lamont - while Euan Murray is unavailable because he refuses to play on Sundays due to religious reasons.

Moray Low replaces Murray at tighthead prop, Richie Gray returns at second row having missed the Wales match through illness and Johnnie Beattie will start at number eight for his first Scotland appearance since last June's Test series win in Argentina.

There are four changes in the backs, with Chris Paterson, Sean Lamont, Ruaridh Jackson and Mike Blair named to start.

Half-backs Rory Lawson and Dan Parks drop to the bench along with Nathan Hines and Richie Vernon, with Geoff Cross and Simon Danielli also among the replacements.

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